Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney discuss all the big hurling clashes from the weekend as Limerick beat Clare and Dublin overcome Laois — brought to you by OrgaRetro.com
Limerick beat Clare by ten points in Thurles but there may have been signs that the Treaty have chinks in their armoury.
Mike Casey and Richie English are both absent due to knee issues, meaning Dan Morrissey and Barry Nash were redeployed into full and corner-back respectively.
Shane Stapleton and Michael Verney analysed how Brian Lohan and Clare went after this, and the fact that John Kiely didn’t react to the excellence of Tony Kelly with a dedicated man-marker.
Gearoid Hegarty gave a snippet of Hurler of the Year potential, while a number of other men in green contributed to a handsome scoring return of 0-36 to the Banner’s 1-23.
The questions on the saffron and blue side of the Shannon will be where this team is going under Lohan, and if they have both the personnel and tactical acumen to compete with the best.
Dublin, meanwhile, recovered from last year’s shock qualifier defeat to Laois by avenging that to the tune of ten points at Croke Park.
We look at the performance of young attacker Donal Burke, new sweeper Conor Burke, and how manager Mattie Kenny seems to be moving on from his more experienced stars.
The O’Moore County are down a number of players from 2019, and it was evident to Stapleton and Verney that there was a visible difference in athleticism between the two teams.
We also look at all the results down through the hurling tiers, wonder about the low TV camera angle at Semple Stadium, and talk about the yellow sliotar.
Munster SHC quarter-final
Limerick 0-36 Clare 1-23
Leinster SHC quarter-final
Dublin 2-31 Laois 0-23
Joe McDonagh Cup round 1
Kerry 1-20 Meath 0-13
Antrim 4-25 Westmeath 1-15
Christy Ring Cup round 1
Wicklow 2-19 Roscommon 3-14
Nicky Rackard Cup round 1
Donegal 2-13 Longford 1-14
Mayo 3-32 Monaghan 2-10
Armagh 1-21 Leitrim 0-12
Lory Meagher Cup round 1
Fermanagh 3-10 Louth 1-15
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